Pumpkin spice has taken over! Yes, it’s finally fall, which means tons of fun is around the corner. Whether your family is searching for the perfect pumpkin or looking for a haunted house, you’re sure to find some kind of fall excitement right here in the Phoenix area. So, let’s dive in! Here are 10 of Arizona’s best fall events for 2018.
Fall Festival at Vertuccio Farms (Mesa)
October 1-November 4
This family-owned farm takes great pride in throwing a wonderful autumn celebration for all ages.
Work together with your kids to find your way through the twists and turns of the seven-acre corn maze. If the maze is a bit intimidating for little ones, they can have a great time in the mini hay maze. Once you’ve tackled the mazes, move on to mini golf for a bit of friendly competition!
The Fall Festival features a variety of other activities, including tube slides, tube rolls, jump pads, and mini zip lines. Don’t forget to stop by the animal area to visit the friendly farm animals. Grab a treat from the concession stand on the way out–choose from festival favorites like kettle corn and pizza! This Mesa event will become your family’s newest autumn tradition.
Halloween Monster Bash (Peoria)
Calling all ghouls and goblins! Peoria Sports Complex is hosting a Halloween Monster Bash that you won’t want to miss.
This kid-friendly party features loads of fun activities like inflatables, classic carnival games, and a rock wall. Budding artists will love the arts-n-crafts section. Little monsters should dress in their spookiest, wackiest, or funniest costumes–the costume parade is the perfect place to show them off.
Be sure to bring treat buckets or bags (or pillowcases, for those who want to go retro) because there will definitely be some trick-or-treating action at this party!
Fall Festival at Goodyear Ballpark (Goodyear)
Celebrate fall with your family at Goodyear Park, one of the state’s nicest outdoor areas.
Spend a fun-filled evening playing a classic game of cornhole and enjoying live performances by local dance crews and martial artists. Kids can compete in the costume contest and visit the pumpkin patch to find the perfect pumpkin for an awesome jack-o-lantern. The fun continues with inflatable slides and bounce houses. Perhaps the best part of the festival is the fact that parking and admission are free!
Arizona Harvest Festival (Chandler)
The Arizona Harvest Festival is a wonderful event for the whole family, and it’s happening on Veterans Day this year!
Parents can visit over 100 local vendors to find unique holiday gifts, gorgeous handmade autumn decor, and incredible fresh produce. Visit the beer garden to taste stunning seasonal brews. Kids can keep busy with awesome activities in the Kid’s Zone, and the whole family will want to catch the Pumpkin Pageant and pie-eating contest.
Four Peaks Oktoberfest (Tempe)
This massive festival is celebrating 46 years of Bavarian tradition, and everyone’s invited to experience a captivating weekend of live music, incredible food, and a spectacular carnival.
Adults’ hearts will race on classic carnival rides while the kiddos enjoy the tamer versions like Dizzy Dragons and the Fun Slide. Kinderfest will spark the little ones’ imaginations with activities like the Hansel & Gretel Village, Bubblemania, and Ductoberfest.
Sports fans might want to check out the fiercely competitive kickball tournament, and the adorable Dachshund Races are always a hit. The entire weekend will be filled with live music from local bands and unbelievable food. Brats, sausage, hot dogs, and pretzels are just a few of the mouth-watering treats you can fill your belly with at Oktoberfest.
Arizona State Fair (Phoenix)
The Arizona State Fair is an iconic autumn tradition and one of the most popular fall events in Phoenix. This fair has entertained families for more than a century with thrilling rides, unique activities, and delicious food. Car races, rodeos, live animals, and monster truck shows are family favorites at the fair.
This year’s live entertainment includes Pitbull, Sesame Street, Mini Kiss, The Wallflowers, and an Elton John tribute. In addition to all this fun, the fair will have everyone’s favorite carnival rides and games.
October 26 & 27
The Phoenix Zoo offers numerous special events throughout the year. The hottest Phoenix event this fall is definitely “Howl-O-Ween.” This event boasts both “scary” and “merry” activities so that no one is left out.
Visitors aged 8 years and older, who enjoy a good scare, will love activities like Twisted Fairy Tales, Zombie Rave, and House of Hazards. Younger guests can enjoy a cute Halloween experience at the Mad Science Lab, Monster Bash Dance Party, and Pirates of the “Scare”ibbean. These are just a few of the awesome activities that the zoo has planned for “Howl-O-Ween”!
Costumes for Kids 5K (Prescott)
This is a Prescott event where families can have a great time and help others.
The event consists of a 5K for serious runners and a 1-mile fun run/walk for anyone who just wants to have a good time and support a fantastic cause. In addition to the run, there will be costume prizes and fun activities!
Costumes for Kids 5K is a fundraiser benefiting the Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation. The foundation helps children who are currently in the care of Yavapai County.
Surprise Party 2018 (Surprise)
November 30 & December 1
It’s never too early to kick off the holiday season! Surprise Party 2018 continues a delightful annual tradition.
Friday evening’s special events include a breathtaking balloon glow, daring skydivers, and fireworks. Saturday is chock full of fun. Kick the day off by admiring the dazzling vehicles at the classic car show, then head over to the petting zoo to see the fuzzy farm animals. If the kids simply can’t get their fill of cute and cuddly, it’s time for a pony or camel ride!
Your family can enjoy live music and yummy treats on Friday and Saturday. Everyone enjoys free admission with a canned food or toy donation (donations benefit Sanderson Ford Operation Santa).
Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular (Scottsdale)
October 27 & 28
The 7th annual Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular is a feast for the eyes thanks to a beautiful and stunning display of glowing balloons! This year’s festival features over 20 hot air balloons in an array of gorgeous colors and amusing themes.
In addition to the impressive balloon display, the festival boasts a variety of incredibly fun activities. Your family can get a bird’s eye view of the celebration with a tethered balloon ride or enjoy live music while chowing down on a tasty snack. The Kid’s Zone has plenty of kid-friendly things to do and those looking for a spooky Halloween experience should visit the Haunted Trail. Make sure you don’t leave without trick-or-treating–the festival gives out a whopping 4,000 pounds of candy every year!
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